Ukraine War: According to Pentagon information, Russia now has at least 50 percent of its massive offensive force inside Ukraine.
Russia’s offensive force is being slowed down and frustrated by unexpectedly stiff resistance from Ukrainian troops, a senior US defense official said on Saturday, keeping them well-placed outside Kiev.
The official said the United States and Western allies are still able to deliver weapons to the country to bolster Ukraine’s military, and Washington will be able to help fight both Russian armor on the ground and air strikes in the coming days. Planning to send more ,
According to Pentagon information, Russia now has at least 50 percent of its vast offensive force inside Ukraine.
But the force is making slow progress on its original three-front due to unexpectedly stiff resistance, the official told reporters on the basis of anonymity.
“We have indications that the Russians are disappointed by the lack of momentum over the past 24 hours, especially in the northern parts of Ukraine,” the official said.
In Moscow, the Defense Ministry said on Saturday that the Russian military was ordered to widen its offensive after Kiev turned down an offer for talks in Russia-allied Belarus.
“Today all units were ordered to develop an advance from all directions in accordance with the plans for the operation,” declared Russian army spokesman Igor Konashenkov.
America is sending more weapons
The Pentagon believes the Russian offensive, using a force of more than 150,000 troops, heavy armor, and missiles and air barrages, has not progressed as quickly as it had hoped because it hit just before dawn on Thursday. had begun.
The US official said as of Washington time early Saturday, the Russian military still has not taken control of any city in Ukraine, nor has it gained air superiority over the country.
“The Ukrainian air defense, including the aircraft, continues to act and continue to deny access to Russian aircraft across the country,” the official said.
The official said most of the Russian troops remained outside Kiev about 30 kilometers (18 miles) while the situation on the battlefield was actively changing.
Ukraine’s military said on Saturday it had halted an attack on the capital but was fighting Russian “sabotage groups” who had infiltrated the city.
The US official said Ukrainian resistance remained “viable” and that Western allies were still able to obtain weapons and other supplies to them despite a Russian attack.
The Russians “have become frustrated by a very firm resistance and this has slowed them down.”
“Based on what we have seen, this resistance is more than what the Russians expected,” the official said.
The Russians have been more successful in pushing through Crimea and further south from the Black Sea.
“But in the north, where there is the strongest resistance. Heavy fighting is still going on in and around Kharkiv,” as well as north of Kiev, the official said.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on Saturday that Washington would provide $350 million in additional military equipment to the Ukrainian military.
“The package will include more lethal defensive assistance to help Ukraine respond to armored, aerial and other threats,” he said in a statement.
The US defense official said the new weapons would include more Javelin portable anti-tank missiles and other items, without specifying. The official declined to comment on whether they would include the anti-aircraft weapon.
The United States and European allies are still able to provide lethal weapons aid to Ukraine’s military despite Russian aggression.
“They have received security assistance from us only in the last few days,” the official said.
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